Kenyon Martin Jr. Needs More Minutes

Carson Brown
May 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Houston Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr. (6) drives to the
May 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Houston Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr. (6) drives to the / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rockets are rebuilding. It’s a time for the organization to pull high draft picks and for the team’s youth to grow through experience even though the team is not winning.

One major issue I have had with the Rockets rebuilding plan at the moment is the fact that Kenyon Martin Jr. does not seem to be a part of it.

Kenyon Martin Jr. finished last season on a tear. Martin Jr.'s last 12 games of the season he averaged 16.8 points per game, 7.3 rebounds and shot the ball with great efficiency. 51.7 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from the behind the arc.

This season so far, Martin Jr. has only been playing 10 minutes per game which makes no sense to me.

What is the value in playing Daniel Theis? Theis is an average veteran who may help a decent team looking for a backup big man, but in this certain situation it makes no sense.

Theis is playing 22 minutes a night. Those are wasted minutes that could be utilized for the growth of another player.

This team can't really look much worse than they have and are going to win or lose the same amount of games whether its Theis on the court or Martin Jr.

During a rebuild, testing out different lineups and combinations of players at certain positions is crucial.

It's the time where players can find themselves, chemistry can be built and advancements can be made as a unit. Sometimes things just click for certain players with a slight change of pace and a new role.

Stephen Silas has yet to make any adjustments to his lineups or rotations which is going to essentially make this year more of a waste than it already is.

Martin Jr. is a young athletic forward who can be the spark for this unit. He's a big momentum type of player. Massive dunks and blocks that can change a game and bring life to a struggling unit.

Just once I would like to see Silas start KPJ, Jalen Green, Jae'Sean Tate, Kenyon Martin Jr. and Christian Wood.

Open up the court even more and allow the Rockets to play with all of the speed and athleticism they got.

Kenyon Martin Jr.'s potential is extremely high. He has the perfect NBA build with a solid base of skills and top tier bounce, but watching Daniel Theis shoot threes from the bench is not going to get him anywhere.

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